Armenian foreign minister believes Turkey wants better ties - Turkish TV

NTV television, Istanbul
1 Jul 04

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskankyan has said that in the brief
meeting he had with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the
NATO summit, he was convinced that Turkey wants to improve the
relations between the two countries. Commenting on the 10-minute
meeting he held with Erdogan, Oskanyan said: I believe that the
Turkish government sincerely wants a change towards the amelioration
of the relations with Armenia.

Oskanyan remarked that the issue of reinstating the rail transport
between Turkey and Armenia was discussed with Foreign Minister
Abdullah Gul. On the subject of the Nagornyy Karabakh issue between
Armenia and Azerbaijan, Oskanyan said: Armenia will not accept
Turkey's acting as an impartial mediator.

Oskanyan reported that with US officials, he discussed the intention
to veto the proposal to appoint Turkey as the term president of the
OSCE in 2007. The Armenian foreign minister expressed the belief that
the position of OSCE term president should be filled by a country that
has diplomatic relations with all member countries.